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Contact: Mike Theune, 559-565-3703
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. November 3, 2016 – Beginning on November 10, National Park Service fire staff will commence with a prescribed burn in the Mineral King area of the park known as the Deadwood Prescribed Burn. The purpose of this operation is to reduce hazardous fuel loadings and maintain the natural fire cycle in the East Fork of the Kaweah River drainage of Sequoia National Park.
The project area is 278-acres and located north of the East Fork of the Kaweah River, east of the 2008 Davenport prescribed burn, south of Atwell Mill Campground and the Mineral King Road, and west of Cabin Cove and the Kaweah Han inholding.
Previously treated in 1999, this project is part of a long-term, concerted effort to ensure the safety of residents and visitors frequenting Silver City and Mineral King. It is important to note that it takes more than just one prescribed fire to eliminate unnatural forest conditions. Additionally, having an area with recent fire history proved valuable in places like Cedar Grove and Grant Grove during the Rough Fire and contributed to saving nearly $400 million in facility assets.
Holding the prescribed burn late in the fall reduces the impacts to visitors and local residents as the road has been closed by the National Park Service for the season. The Atwell - Hockett Meadow Trail will be closed during ignition and burn down.
Smoke can be expected in the Mineral King Valley during daytime hours. This includes impacts to the Cabin Cove and Silver City areas. Nighttime smoke may impact Three Rivers, but past prescribed fires in this drainage have shown smoke to be minimal.
For additional information, updates, and photos from the Deadwood Prescribed Burn and other fires in the parks, please visit https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/unit/797/.
About Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks’ Fire Management Program
For over forty years, our mission has been to use the full range of options and strategies available to manage fire in the parks. This includes protecting park resources, employees, and the public from unwanted fire; building and maintaining fire resilient ecosystems; reducing the threat to local communities from wildfires emanating from the parks or adjacent lands; and recruiting, training, and retaining a professional fire management workforce.